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DFARS In Depth – Part 5: Incident Response and Maintenance

Our in-depth discussion of the DFARS security requirements as set out in NIST SP 800-171 continues with the next two security requirement families: Incident Response and Maintenance.

Both of these security families involve taking steps to make sure that the security infrastructure that you’ve put in place remains functional and responsive to new threats.

DFARS In Depth – Part 4: Identification and Authentication

To continue our discussion of the DFARS requirements of NIST Special Publication 800-171, this week we’ll discuss the Identification and Authentication security requirement family.

This requirement family covers how we verify that the users and devices connected to our systems 1) are who they say they are, and 2) should have access to what they’re accessing.

DFARS In Depth – Part 3: Configuration Management

To continue our discussions of the security requirements of DFARS and CMMC, this week we’ll be looking at the fourth security family in NIST SP 800-171: Configuration Management.

Configuration management is a set of practices that ensures that your systems and devices are configured correctly from the start, and that any changes made to their configuration does not affect the security of your systems.

Tech Thursday: DFARS In Depth – Part 1: Access Control

Recently, we looked at the new DFARS regulation for defense contractors, called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and what your business can do to prepare for its implementation. As we mentioned, CMMC will be largely based on NIST SP 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations”. So, starting this week, we will examine each of the 14 security requirement families outlined in SP 800-171, and how your business can implement their requirements successfully, even in a small network.

Tech Thursday: The Ins and Outs of IT Leadership

In the last few articles, we’ve discussed how to build an effective IT team that will help your business to grow and succeed. But your team will also need effective
leadership -- managers, directors, and executives who can chart a path for your IT department that keeps your business competitive.

Tech Thursday: How To Staff Your IT Department Strategically

In our last two articles, we covered the various roles that make up an IT department. However, a small or even mid-sized company cannot fill all of these roles immediately. So, the question comes up: As my company grows, how can I strategically fill these IT roles to best utilize the resources I have?

To answer that question, we’ll first examine how IT departments tend to grow organically, and how that can bog down your company with ineffective technical solutions.